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How do you record yourself?
What equipment is needed to record yourself so that you can hear your mistakes & improve your technique?
Hohner Special 20 in C
Hohner Special 20 in A
Swan 1040 Pro 10 in C
Hohner CX12 in C
Hohner Chrometta14 in C
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My wife heard part of this recording and said it sounded like a pop version of Summertime. Didn't think it was that bad.
Oh and Dexer, nice sound, like it a lot. If anyone has just listened to mine, go listen to his to wipe out the bad memory.
After just posting an awful first version of Summertme, here's one I'm more happy with, but practised it a fair bit, rehearsed and reading from tabs as I play.
Sort of semi homage to Adam Gussow by recording in my car on my phone. Next step us to get on a plane to Jamaica and record it on a yacht. Just need to get some cash together for that.
Ok, here's a very awful first version. The bends are wrong and clang, heaps of wrong notes and spacing down the drain.
However, I really like the way I end it.
As an excuse, this recording was made with after only one practise of the song and from memory (haven't played it for a few months). Only the second time I've played it in the high register, and just played by ear, no tabbing. Plenty of things to be happy about. But as a performance it pretty much sucks. But it's good to see how bad a player can be without practise.
I'm excited to have my first Suzuki Manji on order and I was going to use to use it for this challenge...but mail order arrival dates are a crap shoot so I decided to start off with a harp already on hand. I used my Lee Oskar Low F. And this is the first video where I've played back through an amp. I'm using a Fender Mustang 1.
The video quality sucks as, once again, I was so dang lazy that I used my TV as a light source and the image focuses in an out like a bad LSD trip . But I'm basically pleased with the sound. I like using an amp. And holding the mic seems to put my hands in a more comfortable position than just holding the harp.
Hey, thanks so much Andy and Richard.
Give yourself SOME credit for doing a search first. Try this for starters -
Be Blues...And Jazz,
Suave Blues Man
That was really good!
Pretty damn good, I like the octave switch, may have to try that one.
Sounds pretty good to me, not much needing work on.
Here's an early version of Summertime. I really like Andy's idea of recording a few clips to see the progress. Hopefully those bent notes will show signs of improvement over the month. I just started working on bending notes this summer, so there's a ways to go. That's my talented husband Jeff on the ukulele.
This summer I've been playing quite a bit with the amp. I tapped our system by plugging in my 15 watt amp (a foot cube) into the monitor section of the main board. I aim this one back at the band allowing everyone to hear the balance, but that's normal. The main point is that with the amp working I can gauge how close to get to the mic when I'm playing background as opposed to main melody. It adds another level of control, and at this point: I'd suggest you experiment and find if it doesn't help you. Of course the electronics make it easier to tape and analyze later, as well.
So my system is a Shure 50 Mic (straight) and a 15 watt guitar practice amp, and I'm having lots of fun with them.
I'm in, Andy! And, if that's the plan, it will definitely influence my song picks for next month.
Keith, you're way ahead of me. I'd never even heard this one before.
Really cool version, Andy! I love your hand wa. You know, I tried that a lot while recording a clip of On Top of Old Smoky for Howard Levy's online school. it's funny because when I was recording, I'd hear it fine, but not at all when going back and listening to the clip. I guess I didn't have the effect strong enough for the camera to pick up. Did you ever find that in recording a video? Your bent notes sure do add a lot of emotion to the song.
Okay, you've got me inspired now. My goal is to have an early version up this weekend.